NICE VMS Upgrade Boosts eXpress

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NICE Systems has introduced a new version of its video management software, upgrading and enhancing its existing line of IP-based VMS systems and streamlining them into a three-tiered solution targeting installations from low-to-high end.

NiceVision Net 2.0, introduced Tuesday in Dallas at the 2010 ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits, is designed to deliver more of the core features of NICE's higher end Smart Video Recorder (SVR) software to NiceVision eXpress, a bundled package of VMS software for small and medium-sized video surveillance systems that NICE introduced at last year's ASIS.

"Users can enjoy a very large set of features that were originally enabled in [NiceVision] Enterprise when they start with the eXpress package," said Nir Hayzler, vice president of product marketing at NICE Systems. These features include analytics and multi-site recording, he said. "It's the same core of software as Enterprise," Hayzler said. "Upgrade is easy."

NICE's so-called entry-to-enterprise strategy is designed to counter competition from an influx of new Asian suppliers with low-priced low-end systems. Like Milestone Systems and Avigilon, which also have organized their VMS lines in scalable tiers, NICE hopes to offer a low total cost of ownership to small but growing enterprises which they can later upsell to larger, more robust VMS offerings that new entrants at the low-end lack.

The eXpress system is a hybrid platform and up to 64 of its 128 ports can be analog inputs. These inputs can then be gradually switched to digital as the organization changes out cameras. "It's not all or nothing," said Pat Kiernan, director of marketing for NICE Systems. "Users don't have to throw out an initial investment when moving from analog to digital."

After eXpress, the line then expands to NetVision Professional as the user elects to purchase licenses for the additional features and functions. The top-of-the-line NetVision Enterprise is priced according to configuration.

Hayzler emphasized that NICE is not positioning eXpress directly against low-end VMS suppliers such as Nuuo, and instead are targeting customers who today may have a requirement for a low number of cameras, but who plan to grow to the point that they will ultimately need the features of NICE's larger-scale systems. Although the NICE pricing is higher than Asian competitors, both Hayzler and Kiernan say eXpress, with its SVR core, offers a lower total cost of ownership over the medium- and long-term in terms of performance, features, power requirements and space.

NICE Systems has introduced a new version of its video management software, upgrading and enhancing its existing line of IP-based VMS systems and streamlining them into a three-tiered solution targeting installations from low-to-high end.

NiceVision Net 2.0, introduced Tuesday in Dallas at the 2010 ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits, is designed to deliver more of the core features of NICE's higher end Smart Video Recorder (SVR) software to NiceVision eXpress, a bundled package of VMS software for small and medium-sized video surveillance systems that NICE introduced at last year's ASIS.

"Users can enjoy a very large set of features that were originally enabled in [NiceVision] Enterprise when they start with the eXpress package," said Nir Hayzler, vice president of product marketing at NICE Systems. These features include analytics and multi-site recording, he said. "It's the same core of software as Enterprise," Hayzler said. "Upgrade is easy."

NICE's so-called entry-to-enterprise strategy is designed to counter competition from an influx of new Asian suppliers with low-priced low-end systems. Like Milestone Systems and Avigilon, which also have organized their VMS lines in scalable tiers, NICE hopes to offer a low total cost of ownership to small but growing enterprises which they can later upsell to larger, more robust VMS offerings that new entrants at the low-end lack.

The eXpress system is a hybrid platform and up to 64 of its 128 ports can be analog inputs. These inputs can then be gradually switched to digital as the organization changes out cameras. "It's not all or nothing," said Pat Kiernan, director of marketing for NICE Systems. "Users don't have to throw out an initial investment when moving from analog to digital."

After eXpress, the line then expands to NetVision Professional as the user elects to purchase licenses for the additional features and functions. The top-of-the-line NetVision Enterprise is priced according to configuration.

Hayzler emphasized that NICE is not positioning eXpress directly against low-end VMS suppliers such as Nuuo, and instead are targeting customers who today may have a requirement for a low number of cameras, but who plan to grow to the point that they will ultimately need the features of NICE's larger-scale systems. Although the NICE pricing is higher than Asian competitors, both Hayzler and Kiernan say eXpress, with its SVR core, offers a lower total cost of ownership over the medium- and long-term in terms of performance, features, power requirements and space.

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